Factors to Consider in Evaluating a Job Offer
August 13, 2009
Many career professionals suggest that after the interview you review what you learned about the position and the company.
- Why is it available?
- How long has it been open?
- What happened to the previous employee?
- What would your specific responsibilities be?
- Are the goals set for the position realistic and attainable?
- Can you successfully perform the responsibilities of the position?
- What is your growth potential in this position?
- Can this position provide bridges to future opportunities?
- Is the company growing or downsizing?
- Is the company a result of an acquisition or a planned expansion?
- Has this growth affected its profitability? How will it affect you and your position?
- What is the growth potential of the company’s products and/or markets?
- What is the company’s market share?
- Who are its competitors?
- What is the tenure of its management?
- Does the management team consist of new hires or people promoted from within?
- Does the company have a high retention rate of employees, or do they have a problem with attrition?
Your Potential Supervisor
- How long has he/she been in this position?
- To whom does he/she report?
- What was his/her previous work experience?
- How does this relate to his/her background?
- What is his/her growth potential?
- Do you think you can work well with this person?
The Career Center suggests you also evaluate the following:
- How does the position fit into your long- and short-term career goals?
- Do the daily work activities appeal to you?
- Are your salary and benefit requirements satisfied?
- Is there opportunity for advancement?
- Will you be developing new skills and expanding your experience?
- Are the demands of the job compatible with your lifestyle?
- Can you manage the stress associated with changing jobs/relocating?
- Are the values of the organization compatible with your own?
- Is this employment opportunity a mutually beneficial relationship?